First listed on: 14 May 2024

Senior Research Assistant - Mental Health

  • Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research within the School of Public Health
  • Broaden your career within one of QLD’s largest employers
  • Be part of an organisation with a meaningful purpose and impact
  • Achieve a work-life balance with 36 hours/wk, purchased leave, WFH + more
  • Based at Biala Brisbane City Community Health Centre

About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you will have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave
  • 17% superannuation contributions
  • 17.5% annual leave loading
  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid working options, flexible start/finish times, and a condensed fortnight
  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family
  • Salary packaging options

About This Opportunity 

We are seeking a Senior Research Assistant to assist on the project, “Understanding and improving responses to suicidality to Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) clients: a data linkage study.” In this pivotal role, you will collaborate closely with project Chief Investigators and research staff to drive the successful delivery of project-specific outcomes.

As the Senior Research Assistant, you will be responsible for a range of critical activities, including desktop research, systematic reviewing, and data analysis. Expertise in mental health, systematic literature reviews, and data analysis, particularly within the context of military and veterans’ mental health or suicidality, will be an advantage.

Key responsibilities will include: 

  • Aid in developing and implementing literature review protocols.
  • Assist in creating logic/system models when necessary.
  • Support data analysis tasks as needed.
  • Maintain detailed documentation and instructions for self and team use.
  • Ensure adherence to approved ethics protocols.
  • Contribute to research outputs and collaborate on report/manuscript preparation.
  • Perform other duties as directed by the supervisor.

This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position through until 26 June 2025. At HEW level 6, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $88,099.39 - $94,512.08, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $103,076.28 - $110,579.13 annually. As these roles are covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases in line with the Enterprise Agreement.

About You  

  • Completion of a relevant degree in health, social sciences, or related field with at least 4 years subsequent research experience or equivalent combination of experience and/or education/training.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in health research, systematic reviewing, and other research methods, with experience in mental health research preferred.
  • Strong problem-solving abilities, forward planning skills, and task prioritisation to meet deadlines, both independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including clear and concise documentation production.
  • Subject matter expertise in data linkage and/or military/veterans' mental health and suicidality is advantageous.

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment. 
  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.


For more information about this opportunity, please contact A/Prof Carla Meurk. For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line. 

Want to Apply? 

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You’ section  
  • Resume 

Other Information 

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

Applications close Sunday 26th May 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-38547). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, 4th June 2024.


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